Should You Get Tested For Coronavirus? Here's What To Know About South Florida Testing Sites

Mar 19, 2020

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Coronavirus test sites are popping up throughout South Florida as the number of cases continues to climb. As of Thursday afternoon, the state has confirmed 432 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Nearly half of those cases are in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. 

Testing sites are not accepting walk-ins or drive-ins. Potential patients must make an appointment over the phone before showing up. Testing is also limited only to people who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which are as follows: 

  • Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised and are experiencing fever, cough or respiratory distress. 
  • Anyone with symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Anyone with severe symptoms such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face should seek emergency care immediately, according to the CDC.

Here's a list of testing centers in South Florida:

MIAMI-DADE AND MONROE COUNTIES

Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, 33056

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33190

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. 

This is the largest health center of the non-profit Community Health of South Florida. 

Charles Hadley Park, 1350 NW 50th St., Miami

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily starting Tuesday, March 31. Testing is for residents of the city of Miami 65 and older by appointment only. Call 305-960-5050 to request an appointment.

Marathon 200 City Marina, Marathon, FL 33050

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Testing in Marathon will be only for Monroe County residents who meet the criteria for testing. 

Those who would like to schedule a test should call the non-profit at 305-252-4820 for an appointment.  

BROWARD COUNTY

Cleveland Clinic Weston’s Krupa Center, 3250 Meridian Parkway, Weston, FL 33331

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Those who are looking to schedule a test should call the Cleveland Clinic Florida appointment center at 954-659-5951.

Festival Flea Market, 2900 W Sample Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33073

Broward Health's first drive-thru testing site opened behind the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach. Those who are interested in a test must have a prescription for testing from a physician and make an appointment by calling the the Broward Health line at 954-320-5730 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

CB Smith Park’s park-and-ride lot, 900 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 

Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a daily basis

Memorial Healthcare System will operate the drive-thru-only testing site in partnership with the National Guard and the Department of Health. For more details click here.

Update Monday, March 23 at 11:26 a.m.:  A new telephonic pre-registration process has been established to reduce wait time at the C.B. Smith Park COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Collection site. People will be able to complete the crucial criteria screening and provide demographic information ahead of time, which is required in order to get tested at the park.

COVID-19 TEST COLLECTION SITE RESERVATION LINE: 954-276-4680

CALL CENTER HOURS FOR REGISTRATION: The Call Center phone line will open starting Monday, March 23, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and then daily starting Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (seven days a week) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Everyone who calls to register – and meets the criteria for testing – will be provided a confirmation number, and a pre-packet will be waiting at the park for them. 
  • If multiple individuals are coming in one car, each individual must be pre-registered. 
  • Must bring identification. 
  • Every person who wants to be tested at this site must be pre-registered. The pre-registration process will optimize capacity and make the entire process as efficient as possible.

WHO SHOULD CALL TO REGISTER: Anyone meeting the following criteria:

  • First responders: (essential personnel) police, fire-rescue and hospital workers who are symptomatic. 
  • 65 years or older with chronic conditions and symptomatic.
  • Individuals who meet the testing criteria: symptomatic, have travelled internationally by cruise or air or from an affected geographical area.
  • Immune compromised and symptomatic.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE SITE:

  • People must have their ID ready to show upon arrival. The registrant’s name will be verified with the pre-packet.
  • Once registrant is verified, the Florida National Guard will provide additional direction.
  • There is no medical treatment available at the site. It’s strictly for test collection.
    • Please note that if you are asymptomatic, or just feeling mild flu-like symptoms and are not in a high-risk category, do not to come to the testing site. Stay home, self-isolate, and rest. You may also consult with your physician or use telehealth to consult a doctor about your symptoms or go to your nearest emergency room if you are in severe distress.

OBTAINING TEST RESULTS:

  • Memorial Healthcare System clinical teams will notify all registrants of positive and negative results by phone. 
  • Registrants who provided an e-mail address during registration will receive links to register to Memorial My Chart or to Quest Laboratory to received results electronically.

The establishment of the drive-thru operation is part of Governor Ron DeSantis initiative to extend COVID-19 testing in Florida. The C.B. Smith Park testing operation is a multiagency effort and includes support from: Broward County Parks and Recreation, Broward Emergency Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Health, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida National Guard, Memorial Healthcare System, Pembroke Pines Police Department, Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue and Quest Diagnostics.

PALM BEACH COUNTY

FoundCare, Inc., 2330 S Congress Ave, West Palm Beach, FL, 33406

FoundCare is no longer accepting new appointments, after it became overwhelmed due to a supply shortage in just one day. The non-profit has testing appointments scheduled through the end of April, according to the Miami Herald.